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The OCA news blog gives information and updates on the association and the counseling profession in Ohio. If you have any questions on any of the posts or if you would like to contribute to the blog, email

  • 25 May 2022 10:26 PM | Anonymous member

    The Community Counseling Clinic at Youngstown State University  is providing FREE telehealth counseling sessions this summer.

    Because we are offering Telehealth, we can provide services to people around Ohio.

    We are a training clinic for students earning their degrees in counseling. As such, clients are screened and we can't see people with severe mental health needs or addictions who need services greater than what we can provide.

    Please have interested clients email our department staff at:

  • 29 Mar 2022 10:06 AM | Anonymous member

    Coming in July 2022, suicide hotlines will be consolidated to 988. Citizens of Ohio can call, text, or chat via this 3 digit number. HERE is a fact sheet and HERE is a link to Mental Health Ohio's info page on this rollout.

  • 15 Feb 2022 10:12 AM | Anonymous member

    Greetings OCA Members!

    I’m excited to share an opportunity to promote counseling awareness and potentially win a reduced registration rate for AOCC 2022 through engaging with creativity!

    OCA is hosting a digital poster contest to promote Counseling Awareness Month (April). Posters should be centered around the counseling profession and promote awareness. Submission will be accepted via email, with pdf, jpeg, or png formats preferred. Posters must be original works.

    Submissions will be accepted March 1st through April 15th by 5pm. Email submissions to 

    Once all submissions are received, OCA members will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite from April 18th though April 23rd. The winner will be announced on April 25th and will be contacted via email with details on their reduced registration to AOCC 2022.

    I hope you all will consider participating!

    Take care,


  • 06 Feb 2022 12:20 PM | Anonymous member

    Planning to move to  anew job? Need a new challenge?  I just posted EIGHT new job openings in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties with sign on and retention bonuses.

    Check out our Career Opportunities webpage as there I post to this blog weekly. This is available to OCA Members Only so be sure you are logged in... - go to the FOR MEMBERS tab then click on Career Opportunities!

  • 03 Feb 2022 11:42 AM | Anonymous member

    Don't miss all the  latest news on our FaceBook Page!  The MPRM Committee, led by Chase Morgan-Swaney is doing a GREAT JOB keeping us all informed of events, updates, and news for counselors of all types. If you have some news to share, be sure to use our FaceBook Page to share with your peers!

  • 14 Nov 2021 3:19 PM | Anonymous member

    If you have clients that need your counseling services but they are heading to the Sunshine State for the winter, here is info on registering with the state of Florida to allow Telehealth counseling:

    Thanks and a tip of the hat to member Jonathan Miller for this info!

  • 14 Nov 2021 2:33 PM | Anonymous member

    Dear OCA members,

    Join president DoHee and president-elect Staci for a virtual Meet and Greet on December 4th. We welcome all OCA members to join us.

    At the meet and greet, you will get to meet and get to know other members, as well as share your membership experiences. You will also be able to meet current OCA leadership and learn about the latest OCA initiatives. This is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues! 

    We are looking forward to our conversation and we welcome you to invite those who are interested in becoming OCA members.

    We hope you will join us, even if it is just popping in to say "hi"! Here is a flyer to share

    Zoom Link:

  • 14 Nov 2021 2:14 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello OCA members,

    I wanted to inform you of an excellent opportunity for faculty, students, and practicing counselors in Ohio. The Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Ohio University is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the second Virtual CSI Ohio Conference on Saturday March 26, 2022. We are also excited to share that this year’s conference will be free to all attendees to make it more accessible!

    Please consider submitting a proposal related to the conference theme of Social Justice in Counseling & Counselor Education or forwarding this opportunity to interested parties. Proposals will be due on January 1st and presenters will be notified of acceptance by January 15th. We are hoping for a diverse range of presenters including practicing clinicians who can offer professional knowledge to counselors in training. There are three different options for presenters to choose from: workshop, presentation, and poster. If you are interested in attending the conference, registration will open in January. If you have any questions, please reach out to Gene Dockery at


    We look forward to receiving your proposals!

    From the Executive Board of the Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota,
    President: Gene Dockery
    Vice President: Jennifer Isiko
    Treasurer: Nicolle Miller
    Secretary: Savannah Harvey
    Chillicothe Representative: Sam Sargent
    Chapter Faculty Advisors: Dr. Christine Bhat 

  • 03 Nov 2021 3:20 PM | Anonymous member

    The State of Mental Health in Ohio - as ranked by Mental Health America and compared to the other 49 states: The State of Mental Health in America Report

  • 18 Oct 2021 7:18 PM | Anonymous member

    Are you a current OCA leader?

    Are you interested in becoming a leader?

    Want to build a helpful leadership toolbox for your role?


    Check out OCA’s latest NEW and FREE membership benefit – the Leadership Certificate Program - set to launch in January 2022! This brief, fun, and practical experience is designed for any graduate student, new professional, or seasoned professional, who is either a current or emerging leader within OCA. Offered primarily online (introduction and final sessions are live), participants register for a series (winter, spring, summer, fall) and then asynchronously watch six mini learning modules. Total time commitment for participants is approximately four hours. Modules are taught by past and present OCA leaders who bring their latest insight to some of the most significant aspects of being a leader in our association. Leaders will learn important information about OCA executive goals and plans and gain the important knowledge and skills for holding a leadership role in our state association. Learn how to strengthen the effectiveness of your division, chapter, or committee by applying best practices for membership growth, servant leadership, governance, finances, legislative advocacy, as well as understand the CE approval process. Participants will benefit from meeting and networking with other leaders and will receive mentorship and guidance for next steps. After completing all six modules participants receive a certificate of completion from OCA and will be recognized at the All Ohio Counselors Conference or the Annual Spring Conference. Participants will come away excited, confident, and empowered to help move our state association forward!

    Questions? Email Leadership Certificate registration and information pages are coming soon to the OCA website!

    Heading to the AOCC? Stop by the OCA Leadership Certificate Open House in the Hyatt Marion Room on Thursday, October 28 from 11am-12pm to learn more, ask questions, and talk with OCA Leadership Committee Chair, Laura Lewis.

Questions and comments can be directed to Amy Barcelo, Executive Director at: PO Box 470001 | Broadview Heights, OH 44147 | 216.438.1994

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